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Mind the Gap!: Maritime education for gender-equal career advancement
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Kalmar Maritime Academy.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Kalmar Maritime Academy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2942-1584
2015 (English)In: Maritime Women: Global Leadership / [ed] M. Kitada, E. Williams & L. L. Froholdt, Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2015, 1, 143-154 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Seafaring as an occupation, and the maritime community as a whole, is still a male-dominated industry. In order to encourage more women to engage in a career at sea, a number of campaigns have been launched by various stakeholders. Since gender gaps in education generally are larger in the developing world, while steadily closing in the developed countries, it is both understandable and appropriate that efforts largely have been directed towards enabling women in developing countries to engage in professional education and training, may it be maritime or other. However, is opening the door and encouraging women to participate in maritime training sufficient to keep and encourage women to embark on a maritime career?

In this paper, we set out to examine how gender equality is addressed in the curricula of maritime education. A document analysis was performed, examining official study plans and curricula from eight maritime universities in Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Philippines; all nations ranked in the top five in the Global gender Gap Index. The results show that gender issues are not explicitly mentioned or addressed in these documents, indicating a lack of clear strategies for these matters. Educational institutions are important bearers of societal norms and values. Without effective gender-inclusive strategies and pedagogical and didactic approaches, there is a risk of reproducing inequality, instead of producing equality. Increasing numbers of female students will not alone close the gender gap in the maritime industry. Gender issues must be well defined, operationalised and included in educational policy and curricula-making at individual, structural as well as symbolical levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, 2015, 1. 143-154 p.
Series
WMU Studies in Maritime Affairs, ISSN 2196-8772 ; 3
Keyword [en]
Equality, Gender gap, Maritime education, Women seafarers
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Shipping, Maritime Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-40576DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-45385-8_11ISBN: 978-3-662-45384-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-40576DiVA: diva2:792354
Available from: 2015-03-03 Created: 2015-03-03 Last updated: 2015-03-25Bibliographically approved

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